Backcountry skier injured in avalanche near Ophir

TELLURIDE, Colo. - A backcountry skier was injured in an avalanche above the town of Ophir on Sunday.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said the skier was not buried but search and rescue had to be called out, along with a helicopter.

It happened in the Serpent couloir on Yellow Mountain at about 3 p.m.

The skier was with another person when the 1,500-foot slide was triggered.

The avalanche victim was airlifted to the Telluride airport by Helitraxs and the search and rescue team.

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